Little Whale Music is a unique early childhood and elementary music education program offering group and one-on-one music lessons for your children at home, and in school.
"Joanna is an excellent instructor; she makes music absolutely fascinating for our kids"
Creator of Little Whale Music, Joanna has specialized in early childhood music education since 2011. She began this journey in New York City with Grammy Nominated musician and educator Oran Etkin, and also at Jazz at Lincoln Centre for their jazz-for-young-people program, ‘Webop’.
Joanna approaches music education as a way of life; teaching musical skills, while simultaneously achieving non-musical goals, including: developing strong social-emotional understanding; honing community skills such as sharing, listening, empathy and collaboration; better visualization of abstract concepts and complex cognitive questions; developing physical coordination, balance and control; and so much more.
Joanna is also a professional songwriter, vocalist and performer, and pours her passion for music into her teaching, instilling that same joy in her students. She sees music as not just a skill to hone, but as a language for understanding life’s big emotions, practical conundrums, and day-to-day existence.
Joanna has taught for a number of outreach programs, including travelling to Mumbai, India, in 2016, to volunteer as a choir director and music teacher for UK Charity “Songbound”. This was a life-changing experience for Joanna, and she has since sought out ways to bring music to people in both educative and therapeutic forms.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017, Joanna co-founded an early childhood music program called “Family Sing”, with non-profit Urban Voices Project: bringing music education and music-therapy to children and adults living with homelessness in the Skid Row Community. She also teaches through to university level, and is on the Songwriting Faculty at Los Angeles College of Music.
Watercolour by Joanna Wallfisch
Little Whale Music
Little Whale Music is a unique music education program that harnesses every child’s individual musical, educational and developmental needs. Founded by critically acclaimed jazz musician, vocalist and songwriter Joanna Wallfisch, your child will receive a world class music education from as early as infancy.
Little Whale Music combines original songs written by teacher Joanna, combined with jazz standards, world, classical and traditional music, so you and your child can learn amazing repertoire to use in daily life.
Little Whale Music focuses not only on achieving amazing musical skills and understanding, but also developing non-musical skills such as critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, collaboration, coordination, social-emotional understanding, and more. Joanna’s teaching style is joyful, patient, empathetic and imbued with improvisation and playfulness.
Oh, and why is it called Little Whale Music? Because Joanna’s last name, Wallfisch, means Whale in German. Not only that, but whales are the most musical creatures of the ocean!
Little Whale Songs
You can download and enjoy Little Whale's Songs any time at home.